What Can A Structural Engineer Do?
Structural engineers understand the behavior of structures. They have knowledge about design codes, and building regulations and applied loads.
Structural engineers can provide advice on the strength of materials, and can specify steel, reinforced concrete, masonry, timber or other materials.
Structural engineers determine structural form and document structural systems. Such issues impact on the affordability, constructability, compliance with codes of practice and aesthetics of the structure.
Structural engineers usually act as independent consultants who are part of a collaborative effort involving the owner, other engineering disciplines, builders and architects.
Structural engineers can check the design compliance of the structure with Australian Standards and the Building Code of Australia. Most building approval authorities in Australia require an engineer to certify the structural adequacy of a project.